Local Las Cruces Filmmaker, Xzavier Estrada, premiered his first feature length film, “Abnormality,” to a vibrant audience of more than 175 people. This private event was held at the historic Rio Grande Theatre in Downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico on Sunday, September 25th 2022. Film Las Cruces was a proud sponsor of the event.
Estrada began writing and producing this film during his senior year of high school. His interest in filmmaking goes back to his time at Sierra Middle School. The Las Cruces Public Schools provide access to cameras and digital media packages throughout the K-12 school district.
“It is so exciting to see a community come together to support a talented filmmaker and their dreams,” said Las Cruces and Doña Ana County Film Liaison, Jon Sepp. “The next generation of filmmakers are bringing a level of talent and dedication that is inspiring to see. Putting digital media technology in the hands of our youth allows creatives like Xzavier to find success at an early age.”
The film, “Abnormality,” stars Devin G. Macias in an intense psycological thriller about a deranged and murderous family man that toys with a detective, played by Nickolas S. Lowe, who seeks vengeance for the murder of his sister and nieces. Filmed entirely in Las Cruces, Xzavier Estrada was able to accomplish the production of this film through the support of his family, friends, and local community.
“Everyone involved in this project was either friends or family,” said Estrada. “The actors, crew, companies, they were all friends and family.”
After the screening, Las Cruces Police Department Deputy Chief Kiri Daines presented the young filmmakers with a token that is given to Las Cruces citizens that shine a positive light on the community. When asked about their future career plans, many of the cast and crew mentioned law enforcement. Xzavier Estrada had the most direct response, saying there is nothing that will get in the way of his future as a feature film Director.
Even though many of the film’s actors and actresses do not have aspirations to make a career out of it, their ability to portray Estrada’s characters was well accomplished. Nicholas S. Lowe explored a wide variety of emotions on screen and you’d think he had been doing this as a career for years.
“The hardest challenge I faced was getting into character,” said Lowe. “My favorite location to film at was my detective office.”
Estrada plans to work again with Austin Smith on another feature film to star Devin G. Macias and is slated for production in Summer 2023.
For a complete list of the cast and crew of “Abnormality,” be sure to check out the IMdB profile for the film: